Bento extra: The Kyoto aesthetic

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A bit off-topic, but a visual treat for you for the weekend. This is an assortment of delicate rice crackers from Kyoto, that my mother sent to me in her latest care package. They are mostly savory, but a few (like the brown flat ones that look like mini pancakes) are subtly sweet. I’ve arranged them in a hand lacquered two-tier wooden bento box. I’m contemplating whether I’m brave enough to pack a regular bento in there since it’s so beautiful!

But what I wanted to focus on were the rice crackers. Here is a closeup:

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I think the blend of colors and textures is so beautiful and elegant without being at all garish. It really has a Kyoto aesthetic.

As I’ve said here a few times previously, I’m not really into cute charaben/kyaraben, but if I can manage to make my bento boxes as visually appealing as this humble assortment of rice crackers, I’d be very happy indeed.

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Beautiful

They are beautiful and so different than anything that can be found in The States. I am oddly drawn to the violet coloured ones with black sesame seeds (?) Thanks for sharing these photos.

nice and odd

These photos have a real taste of japan. In France we usually find a sort off rice crackers packs which are not so colourful

another question

Do you have an idea to count rice crackers calories? because I’m becoming rice-crackersholic!

It depends on the rice

It depends on the rice cracker…deep fried ones are more, as you might expect, and toasted/baked ones are less. Also sugared ones are more and so on… They do have a calorie count on packages (at least the ones from Japanese manufacturers). They are mainly refined carbohydrates though (white rice) so they aren’t quite health food i guess :)

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